Feeling a bit "under the weather" on this beautiful Texas Saturday morning. I snapped a picture of the basil outside my kitchen door and wondered if the compounds in this sweet-smelling plant could help ease chills, headache, and earache. Here's what I found.
Basil is commonly used in Asia to counter toxic poisons from snakes and insects. In India, basil is sacred; it is planted around temples and graves. It is used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for easing colds, flu, fever, muscle aches and earaches. According to a 2014 review, basil oil has been effectively used as a traditional therapeutic plant for easing headaches, coughs, diarrhea, constipation, warts, worms, and kidney malfunctions. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4264302/
Basil essential oil acts as a cooling agent on the skin (add to carrier oil before applying to skin). It promotes alertness and lessens occasional anxious feelings. May help ease monthly feminine discomfort.* Supports healthy immune function.* Has cleansing properties. Helps to reduce gas.*Useful for easing tension in the head and neck.*
I don't have basil oil on hand but I do have plenty of fresh basil so today I'll be adding it to recipes and infusing it in water. Want a simple Basil Pesto recipe? Visit http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fresh_basil_pesto/
Sooner or later I'll make a soap with basil. I love the smell! It supposedly works well with Bergamot, cypress, white fir, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, peppermint, and wintergreen. We will see!
Do not use during pregnancy. Basil oil is not appropriate for those with epilepsy. Dilution is recommended for topical use.
If you are interested in purchasing basil essential oil, please contact me!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.